As we can see here I was recently awarded a "Great Answer" badge on my politics.SE profile, Strange badge?

Which is great and all except for the fact I never answered the question I have been "Awarded [it] for". Indeed when I click on the link it take me to this answer.Which is answer by one Sven Clement, now this has two problems

  1. I am not Sven Clement, I am SleepingGod - I should not be awarded badges for another persons answer
  2. No disrespect intended to Mr Clement but his answer (at this time of writing) has only got 68 Public Votes (70 upvotes and 2 downvotes) which means as indicated by this post in the help center that it falls some 32 votes shy of getting a "Great Answer" badge in the first place. Votes needed for a badge

Now I do deserve a "Great Answer" badge in the first place for my answer here, this is simply a bug report that the pop-up box when I click on it in my profile leads to an unerringly random answer that has nothing to do with me and wasn't supposed to get such a badge in the first place.

The bug is reproducible, I have tested it on 3 different browsers

You can test this bug out yourself by going on my "Activity Page", and clicking on my "Newest" badge. This is no longer possible because I earnt a new badge in the meantime, however this is still a technical glitch that needs looking into.

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    That is strange. By the way, the correct answer is displayed on this page (accessible by clicking the badge in the main badge list at the bottom of the profile page). I can confirm that the pop-up link on the activity tab is incorrect, though, I see the same thing you do on your profile.
    – Jason C
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 16:57
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    I can confirm this behaviour too. Really strange indeed ^^
    – MaxD
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 19:40
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    Confirmed this is a bug - looking into it now.
    – Jon Chan
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 13:06
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    @SleepingGod could you confirm that this answer is the one that you believe should have been correctly awarded?
    – Jon Chan
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 13:21
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    @JonChan yes I can confirm that Commented May 31, 2017 at 13:22
  • @JonChan: "status-planned" means near-term, but that was 4 years ago. Any update? Here is another report today.
    – toolic
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 12:47
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    @toolic Hey, thanks for raising this. I'm bumping this again with the team to look into a fix for the more recent report and will revisit this report as part of it.
    – Jon Chan
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 15:34

1 Answer 1


This has now been fixed.

There was a logic error in the sql that was used to retrieve the "last post used to earn a specific badge for a specific user" that often resulted in returning a completely unrelated post. The issue would manifest itself specifically when the user had earned another badge of specific types more recently than the badge was earned connected to the post.

go and earn a badge
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link to post now fixed

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